Mike started dancing at the age of six and realized his love of the art shortly thereafter. Throughout his career, Mike has trained intensively in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre and modern.
Mike is the current World Tap Dance Champion in the “Battle of the Feet”; a title which he also held in 2017. Along with his title wins, he has won a total of 12 medals in his appearances at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. The students Mike has trained have also had their share of success; winning Silver at the “Commonwealth Dance Cup”, and Gold at the “World Tap Dance Championships” for solos he choreographed.
Mike was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company Bringing Tap Back, has performed with Shawn Byfield’s Funk Factory, and he was a member of the ONE Movement anti-bullying performance company. Furthermore, he was recently offered a full-time artist position with the prestigious Tapestry Dance Company based in Austin, Texas. Other projects have included: The Miss America Pageant, The Humber River Hospital Benefit, industrial events for McDonald’s Canada, Geosyntec Consulting, and Delta Hotels International, and was a guest solo performance with the True Jive Pluckers and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mike began teaching dance in 2009. He then went on to spend two years dancing aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships, before returning home to reignite his teaching career. Mike’s passion for working with children and youth has been a driving force in his career. Most recently Mike has become a choreographer for the Canadian National Tap Team for the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany and the Commonwealth Dance Cup in South Africa, and World Performers Canada for the World Dance Cup in Spain. He is also proud to have worked as a trainer and choreographer for the German National Dance Teams (Tap, Jazz, Contemporary), whose members will be competing Mike’s choreography at the 2019 European and World Dance Championships.
Mike is proud to have become sought after performer, instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the GTA and beyond. Mike cherishes his time spent encouraging and inspiring his students, and imbuing them with the same love of dance and performance that has him shuffling down the street.
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